The Church United For West Charlotte

Social Mobility studies reveal that Charlotte is divided by race, income, family structure, school quality, and social capital. A growing collaborative of churches, non-profit organizations, and marketplace leaders called The West Charlotte Coalition is actively engaged in bringing Biblical Justice to these stubborn facts in the zip code of 28208, especially along the Freedom Drive Corridor.  This Coalition exists to serve children and families in the neighborhoods nearest the five Title 1 elementary schools along this three-mile stretch of road (from Pinky’s to Allenbrook Elementary).

The West Charlotte Coalition unites around a love for Jesus and a love for our city. We express this through weekly Wednesday prayer, collaborative events, and reconciling relationships, and church-school partnerships. We have a particular focus on reading proficiency for K-3 students, and we are joining the effort to raise our city’s reading proficiency by 2025. Together, we can achieve measurable positive results for the emerging generations in our part of the city.

It all starts for us with Prayer. Anyone is welcome to join us at Center City Church (inside The Movement Center at 2225 Freedom Drive) for weekly Wednesday Prayer from Noon to 1 p.m. This recurring event on our calendars represents the foundational pillar of our movement, and our joyful starting point for engagement in our part of the city.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

Marc Dickmann
Executive Director
The West Charlotte Coalition

Network Leaders

Marc Dickmann
Executive Director
The West Charlotte Coalition

Next Network Meeting: Wednesday Prayer


Center City Church
(Inside Movement Center)
2225 Freedom Drive.
Charlotte, NC 28208

Date and Time:

Every Wednesday






Let’s Talk About “Black Panther”

DATE: Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Warehouse 242 • 2307 Wilkinson Boulevard • Coffee Room (entrance at end of the building, farthest from the street)
WHAT TO EXPECT: “Black Panther” is one of the most important films of our time. As a Network, we want to be intentional about pursing fully reconciled relationships with God, each other, and our city. This movie is shaping our culture, and breaking box office records—so let’s talk about it! Dr. Christian Friend has agreed to facilitate our conversation, and anyone is welcome to join in.

If you’re coming right from work, feel free to bring dinner with you. And feel free to invite a friend as well. We look forward to our discussion together! *Sorry, no childcare for this event.

Rethinking Incarceration: Audio & Notes Available

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Audio, resource links and other follow-up information on the recent discussion on incarceration is now available on the Warehouse Talks web site. Click here for more information.

United States incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners (2.3 million people), impacting thousands of local families and neighborhoods. While this is a national crisis, we can feel the impacts of mass incarceration here every day in Charlotte. Keep the conversation going by visiting the Warehouse Talks website, listening to the audio, and connecting with  the resources provided.

• Dominique DuBois Gilliard / Author of “Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores
• Braxton Winston / Charlotte City Council Member At-Large & Community Organizer
• Toussaint Romain / Public Defender, Peacemaker & Community Advocate
• Ramona Brant / Incarceration Justice Advocate & Clemency Recipient from President Obama
• Charis Blackmon / Program Director for Families Doing Time at The Center for Community Transitions

Serving Our Homeless Neighbors This Winter

DATE: Sundays Nights, running December through March
LOCATION: The Harvest Center — downstairs and inside The Movement Center (2225 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Harvest Inn, a winter shelter partnership, exists to keep our homeless neighbors from freezing on the coldest nights of the year. Join with our allies at The Harvest Center to provide a warm, dignified, and joy-filled night to neighbors in need of relief.
HOST: The Harvest Center. Sign up by clicking  here. Contact Toccara Young for additional questions.

Weekly Wednesday Prayer: Every Wednesday, from Noon to 1 p.m.

DATE: Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine, Noon to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Center City Church — upstairs and inside The Movement Center (2225 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
WHAT TO EXPECT: Weekly, fervent, Kingdom-centered Prayer is the hallmark of our network. Our heart is to keep Jesus at the center of all that we do, as we pray for our city and our neighbors. Each week is facilitated by a different leader in our Coalition. Anyone is welcome to join us. Stay for a few minutes or the entire hour. Or, pray with us wherever you may be.
HOST: The West Charlotte Coalition (a For Charlotte city network)

Weekly Work-Day Volunteer Opportunities

LOCATION: Movement School (2701 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
OPPORTUNITIES: Are you interested in volunteering during your work day? Our friends at the new Movement School have flexible volunteer slots that are available in the following areas:
Lunch Buddies:
· Please be prepared to commit at least two visits/month
· Orientation will be held twice a month during lunch times for interested volunteers
· Students are dismissed to lunch according to their grades: Kindergarten: 11:15-11:45 a.m. • 1st grade: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • 2nd grade: 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Reading Buddies:
· Please be prepared to commit to 30 minutes/week
· Students will pick a 30-minute time slot between 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m.
· Movement School administration will make student matches based on time availability
· Volunteers will meet at student’s classroom and will pair off within the room
· Teachers will have prepared materials for the volunteer when he/she arrives
· Volunteers must attend Active Reading training with Read Charlotte.

To become a reading buddy, please, sign up on the school website. For additional questions, please contact Bethany Cord, Volunteer Coordinator with the Movement Foundation: 803.272.4370  Ext. 21002


Volunteering with CMS

Are you interested in volunteering at one of our focus schools? If you are already in the CMS system, please take a minute and reactivate your status for the current school year.

Are you a new volunteer? The first step is to make sure you have your background check complete. Click here to take this simple next step. Then, make sure to connect with the Reading Specialist on campus. For help finding a school and a student, email

Reading Buddies and Active Listening A-B-C’s

Our friends from Read Charlotte help resource the city so that we can best serve our neighborhood students who need reading support. This 3-minute video (bottom of the page) is a helpful tool in preparing us for being a great Reading Mentor for a West Charlotte student.

West Charlotte Coalition Facebook Group

If you want to follow us, and stay current on how you can engage in our movement, you can join our West Charlotte Coalition Facebook Group.  Send a request to our administrator to join in!

“Why We Do What We Do: Part 3—Reconciling Relationships”

AUDIO DOWNLOAD: Pastor James Scott (The Exchange Church) recently challenged us with “Why We Pursue Reconciling Relationships”—one of the pillars of our movement. The MP3, recorded at Renovatus Church, is available for download here.
HOST: The West Charlotte Coalition (a For Charlotte city network)

Experiential Learning: A Month in Poverty

What does it feel like to walk a mile in the shoes of a lower income West Charlotte neighbor? Click here to take an online poverty simulation—and why not invite your kids to do it with you? There is power in “seeking first to understand.” It’s more than a game—this is reality for many of our neighbors.

Aligning Our Efforts for West Charlotte

If your church, ministry, non-profit, or business is interested in partnering with The West Charlotte Coalition to make a measurable impact on the next generation of West Charlotte, please email Executive Director Marc Dickmann at

Check out the
2018 State of the City Report
Check out the 2018 State of the City Report